Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Jason

Jason is one of our faves. Mostly because he’s so modern and late-20th-century-über-trendy, yet he’s really as ancient as they come. This name has a nice mix of the old and the new. Essentially, Jason is the English form of the Greek Iásōn (Ιασων) believed to have been derived from the verb “iȃsthai” meaning “to heal, treat” or “iȃtrikós” meaning “healing”. The oldest appearance of this name dates back centuries before Christ in the form of a Greek mythological hero, Jason, and his quest for the Golden Fleece (the wool of a magical, golden-haired winged-ram who had been sacrificed to the god Poseidon). In order to recapture his rightful heir to the throne of Iolcos, a position usurped by his power-hungry uncle Pelias, Jason was ordered to return with the Golden Fleece. Amassing a great army known as the Argonauts (named after their ship, the Argo), Jason and his men sailed to the eastern coast of the Black Sea where the Golden Fleece was guarded by a fierce dragon. The King of the region who owned the Fleece, King Aeëtes of Colchis, gave Jason three impossible tasks to perform before he could claim the Golden Fleece. Enter Medea, the daughter of King Aeëtes. Aphrodite had talked Eros into striking her with one of his “love-arrows” so that she would fall deeply in love with Jason. And lucky for Jason, too. The love sick Medea used her magical powers of sorcery to help Jason accomplish the three difficult tasks – the last of which was to get past the dragon guarding the Fleece (Medea gave a Jason a magic potion that put the dragon the sleep). She then helped Jason flee Colchis and her enraged father who gave chase. In the end, however, Jason would betray Medea, but we’ll leave that tragic tale to Euripides who wrote the play “Medea” in the 5th century B.C. Aside from Jason’s well-known place in the annals of Greek mythology, it is also a name that appears fleetingly in the New Testament (Acts 17 and Romans 1:16) as Jason, the bishop of Tarsus (appointed by Paul). He is also named as one of the Seventy Disciples. It was the Puritans who rediscovered the name Jason after the Protestant Reformation (17th century) as they did with so many other lesser-known or minor Biblical characters. They gave these names to their children in an act of modesty before God. Today you will find the name Jason on the Top 100 lists of most-favorite baby boy names in the United States, Ireland, Canada and the Netherlands.

All About the Baby Name – Jason

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME JASON

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME JASON

The name Jason has maintained a position on the U.S. popularity charts for well over a century (as far back as the U.S. government has been tracking name data). Likely, the name was brought to America via the Puritans at the time of colonization; however, it was never a hugely popular. Rather Jason’s moment in the limelight occurred starting in the 1960s when he started to show some serious promise. Jason reached his ultimate pinnacle from 1974 to 1978 when, for five consecutive years, Jason was the #2 preferred baby boy’s name across the country (he was never able to topple the #1 Michael back then). Jason has begun his downward descent on the charts but ever so subtly. We predict that it’s only a matter of years before Jason exits the Top 100 list, but he sure must have enjoyed the ride! We know we did.

Quick Facts

ON JASON

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

English

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

79

PRONUNCIATION:

JAY-sun

SIMPLE MEANING:

The healer

Characteristics

OF JASON

Freedom-loving

Adventurous

Adaptable

Intellectual

Easygoing

Progressive

Sensual

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Jason

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME JASON

Jason is a hero of Greek mythology who sailed with other men (among them Hercules) on the ship Argo in search of the Golden Fleece. This was the golden skin of a sacred ram which was guarded by a fierce dragon. On their journey to the ends of the earth in this pursuit they encountered many fantastical adventures and faced them with heroic zeal. In the end, however, it was a woman, the sorceress Medea, who drugged the dragon with a magic potion, thereby allowing them to slay the dragon and win the fleece. She and Jason and the others escaped and made their way back to Greece with the Golden Fleece as their well-won prize, where Jason and Medea marry and have two children. The great Greek tragedian, Euripides, tells of the not-so-happy aftermath of this event in his famous play, Medea, written and produced around 460 BC. In other words, Jason ended up abandoning the very woman to whom he owed much of his triumph. Thanks for nothin’ babe!

Jason Bourne is one of the aliases of the super spy, special operative, and foreign services officer, David Webb, of the “Bourne” series of books by Robert Ludlum. Beloved of boys and men (and some women) everywhere, he is the personification of action, derring-do, escape fantasies and general mayhem. Injured by an attack that leaves him in a state of amnesia, Bourne is driven by a need to recoup his identity and discover the truth behind the deaths of his wife and children. The popular series of movies based upon these books stars Matt Damon.

Popular Songs

ON JASON

J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)
A song by Green Day

Jason Lee
a song by All Girl Summer Fun Band

J.A.R. Jason Andrew Relva
a song by Green Day

Jason and the Argonauts
a song by XTC

Famous People

NAMED JASON

Jason Robards (actor)
Jason Alexander (actor)
Jason Bateman (actor)
Jason Kidd (basketball player)
Jason Lee (actor)
Jason London (actor)
Jason Reitman (director/filmmaker)
Jason Segel (actor)
Jason Priestley (actor)
Jason Robards (actor)
Jason Alexander (actor)
Jason Bateman (actor)
Jason Kidd (basketball player)
Jason Lee (actor)
Jason London (actor)
Jason Reitman (director/filmmaker)
Jason Segel (actor)
Jason Priestley (actor)
Jason Robards (actor)
Jason Alexander (actor)
Jason Bateman (actor)
Jason Kidd (basketball player)
Jason Lee (actor)
Jason London (actor)
Jason Reitman (director/filmmaker)
Jason Segel (actor)
Jason Priestley (actor)

Children of Famous People

NAMED JASON

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME JASON

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